Roddy Doyle 2013
Return of Jimmy Rabbitte
Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle discusses his wonderful new novel The Guts, featuring the return of one of contemporary fiction’s favourite characters, Jimmy Rabbitte, the man who invented those saviours of soul The Commitments back in the eighties. Now 47, with a loving wife, four kids and bowel cancer, Jimmy still loves his music, and he still loves to hustle. In his search for old bands, Jimmy is reunited with some long-lost friends. This warm, funny novel is about friendship and family, about facing death and opting for life. Roddy Doyle is the author of nine acclaimed novels including The Barrytown Trilogy and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, two collections of short stories, Rory & Ita, a memoir about his parents, and most recently, Two Pints, a collection of dialogues. This event will be chaired by Matthew Frost.